I love love love Körnerpark.
This is my neighborhood park, a three-block walk from where I live, and the perfect place to hang out when I want to get away, if only (and especially) for a short while.
The park itself takes up an entire block, and is landscaped beautifully: fountains, trees, benches, and green green grass.
Along one end of the park there is also the gravel area outside the Cafe and Gallery, which has tables with umbrellas, and plenty of seating for cafe patrons.
While the cafe is a nice place to meet friends, I personally enjoy grabbing a beer or two and some snacks and spending time outside on the grass with friends. Beware of the area where sitting is forbidden of course, most of the time it's not enforced, so sit away. But during rare instances you will be approached and reprimanded, and then promptly kicked off.
But don't let it discourage you there are plenty of other places in the park to sit. And regardless, time at Körnerpark is always time well spent.
A true hidden gem in the middle of Neukoelln, this architecturally rich park has a beautiful fountain (though unfortunately dry to lack of funding), and a wonderful space to get coffee in cake in front of the 1890's Orangerie, which now serves as an art gallery (free admission). Being sunken below street level cuts down on noise and creates of tranquil space.
The neighborhood organizes concerts and other events there: check the web site. I really recommend swinging by if you're in the neighborhood, just for the fun of seeing this urban oasis appear in the midst of one of the less polished areas of Berlin.
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